December 3, 2014
In a truly unfortunate revelation, Efraim Zuroff, a Jew “Nazi hunter” and director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office, said that Adolf Eichmann’s top lieutenant, Alois Brunner, escaped capture for good, as it turns out that he died four years ago in Syria.
Brunner was responsible for the deportation of countless amounts of Jews to death camps where they were gassed by the trillions and then subsequently transformed into lampshades.
Mr. Brunner was tried in absentia and sentenced to death by France in 1954, and he had been the subject of at least two assassination attempts attributed to the Mossad, the Israeli secret service.
“He was a notorious anti-Semite, sadist, fanatic Nazi,” Mr. Zuroff said in a telephone interview on Monday, after the British newspaper The Sunday Express reported his confirmation of Mr. Brunner’s death. “The only known interview we have with him was to a German newsmagazine in 1985, in which he was asked if he had any regrets, and he said, ‘My only regret is I didn’t murder more Jews.’ ”
The Wiesenthal Center did not announce Mr. Brunner’s death when the German operative reported it in 2010, or this year, when it published its annual list of fugitives without him on it. Mr. Zuroff said it only came up now because of an inquiry by The Sunday Express.
Born in Austria, Mr. Brunner joined the Nazi Party in 1931 and the SS in 1938, and he led the Vienna-based Central Office for Jewish Emigration from 1939 to 1943, according to the research center at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum and memorial in Jerusalem.
When he took control of the Drancy detention camp in July 1943, Yad Vashem said, “the inmates’ conditions deteriorated rapidly, and deportations to Auschwitz were stepped up.”
Mr. Zuroff said Mr. Brunner was involved in the deportation of 47,000 Jews from Austria, 44,000 from Greece, 23,500 from France and 14,000 from Slovakia.
Hunting for 100-year-old Nazi war criminals is such a noble cause. If you don’t agree then you might be a Naziwhowantstogassixtrillionjews.